Crossed fingers I can produce the old Saturday edition of the Dalton house blog each week, again.
I am still putting back rooms and looking in my storage boxes for tiny things to see what dressing I may or may not have for said rooms when they are settled.
Today (14/06/16) I got four rooms back in place. They are all on the ground level and are the formal part of the house which is mostly used for entertaining visitors. It has been refurbished and furnished to echo the feeling of the house's original rooms.
The sitting room - the lamps at the back need holes drilling for the wires to go through to the back and I want two paintings for the sofa walls. the wires will go through two pretend wall sockets and I may add another on a side wall. I have a lovely Elizabeth Causeret (I think??) green bowl on the right hand table and a clock which won't go on the mantle on the left. It was intended for in front of the mirror but the mantel is too slim. Georgian mantels didn't hold loads of 'trinklements' like the Victorian ones went on to do. The walls won't need radiators as there is underfloor heating on this floor of the house to help keep the feel of the original building.
|formal sitting room|
The hallway - I have no idea what I will dress the hall tables with; all I have so far is a plant and a bunch of keys. Again this is the ground floor and free of radiators but it still needs some wall sockets, an alarm, and a doorbell box. I also need a painting for the left wall.
The dining room - I would love to find and make another House of Miniatures huntboard (like the one on the left wall) for the right wall rather than the too small demi table - I do love symmetry. In the loooooong meanwhile whilst waiting to find one the demi table will have to do. I actually have far too much stuff to dress the dining room with - lots of silver and glass and china. So, very soon, I will be getting on with that and wondering what to do with the leftovers. Yet again two more wall sockets are needed in here. I also need two very grand paintings for each side wall.
The music room - again I need several paintings of various sizes for this room. There is a bust of Mozart so the paintings will be part of a celebration of the baroque - as that extended from 1600 to 1750 I should have enough to go at. The pair of black pots are lovely. They have lids which actually come off and the bases are paper thin and so pretty - I don't really have a good place to show them. They may end up on a windowsill. I need two pretty chairs one for each side wall and I will be making a chaise/bench seat for across the centre front (between the two left hand windows) The room could seat a dozen people and for a larger gathering it can have the furniture moved around and others chairs brought in. It is a music room which is used by the family but occasional recitals are also given here. It doubles up as a card room too and card tables and chairs are brought in for the occasional game of bridge after dinner with friends. One table is always left in place for the family to use. Someone has left an unfinished solitaire game on it right now. On a more prosaic note it needs wall sockets. (but no radiators!)
I am having a hard time dressing the rooms as they lack suitable surfaces. I intend to try to make windowsills when I come to work on the fourth wall so a few things can be dotted about there which will help.